92-93 LS&A Bulletin


1500 Chemistry


Professor R. L. Kuczkowski, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


Arthur J. Ashe, III, Organometallic chemistry of Main-Group Elements

John Barker, Physical chemistry: chemical kinetics, energy transfer, atmospheric chemistry, laser-induced chemistry

Lawrence S. Bartell, Structural chemistry, molecular vibrations, laser processes, and nucleation in supersonic flow

S.M. Blinder, Theoretical chemistry, quantum mechanics and applications

Dimitri Coucouvanis, Bioinorganic, coordination chemistry of sulfur, structural inorganic, and non-heme metalloenzymes

James K. Coward, Bioorganic chemistry; mechanism of enzyme-catalyzed reactions; design, synthesis, and biochemistry of specific enzyme inhibitors

M. David Curtis, Synthetic and structural inorganic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis

Thomas M. Dunn, Electronic molecular spectroscopy

Seyhan N. Ege, Chemistry and photochemistry of organic heterocycles

Billy Joe Evans, Solid state chemistry

Anthony H. Francis, Molecular spectroscopy, solid state structure and dynamics

John L. Gland, Chemical physics of well characterized surfaces. Structure and bonding of adsorbed species. Reactivity on surfaces, characterization of semiconductor and metal surfaces.

Adon A. Gordus, Radiation-chemistry, neutron activation analysis of environmental, clinical, archaeological, and forensic samples, trace element analysis

Henry C. Griffin, Gamma-ray spectroscopy, radiochemical separations, applications of microcomputers, and environmental assays

Paul Knochel, Zinc organo metallic chemistry, synthesis and reactivity of new organo metallic compounds, applications to organic synthesis

Raoul Kopelman, Chemical physics, solid state, and biophysics

Masato Koreeda, Organic and bioorganic chemistry, natural products (structure, biosynthesis and total synthesis) and chemical carcinogenesis

R. L. Kuczkowski, Microwave-spectroscopy applied to determination of structures and mechanisms, and heterogenous catalysis

Richard G. Lawton, Bio-organic chemistry of peptides and proteins, design and synthesis of protein modification and cross-linking reagents systems

Lawrence L. Lohr, Theoretical physical chemistry and quantum chemistry

David Lubman, Analytical applications of spectroscopy, photoionization techniques, mass spectrometry

Joseph P. Marino, Synthetic organic chemistry, total synthesis of natural products and medicinal agents

Mark E. Meyerhoff, Analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, and clinical chemistry

Michael D. Morris, Analytical applications of lasers

Christer E. Nordman, X-Ray crystallography and biomolecular structure

Paul G. Rasmussen, Inorganic chemistry and transition metal chemistry

Richard D. Sacks, Analytical chemistry, separations and spectroscopy

Robert R. Sharp, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, biophysics, and photosynthesis

Leroy B. Townsend, Organic, heterocyclic, carbohydrate and nucleoside chemistry, synthesis of potential anticancer, antiviral and antiparasitic compounds

John R. Wiseman, Synthesis of organic compounds, antibiotics and anticancer drugs, effects of molecular strain on chemical structures and reactivity

Charles F. Yocum, Photosynthetic electron transport and biophysical chemistry

Associate Professors

Richard M. Laine, Honogeneous catalysis, organometallic systems

William H. Pearson, Synthesis of biomedically important natural products, heterocyclic chemistry, new reaction processes in organic chemistry

Vincent L. Pecoraro, Inorganic chemisty relevant to photosynthesis respiration and enzymatic catalysis

James Penner-Hahn, Biophysical and physical inorganic chemistry, biomolecule metal-site structure elucidation, x-ray spectroscopy

Assistant Professors

Gary D. Glick, Bioorganic chemistry

Carol Korzeniewski, Spectroscopic probes of electro chemical systems

Stephen Lee, Solid state chemistry, synthesis, electronic structure

Jeffrey S. Moore, Organic chemistry and polymer chemistry

Jurgen Schnitker, Computational chemistry, molecular modeling


Brian P. Coppola, Organic chemistry, chemical education

Marian Chu Hallada, Inorganic chemistry, general chemistry, chemical education

Nancy Konigsberg Kerner, General chemistry, chemical education

Barbara J. Weathers, Inorganic chemistry, general chemistry

Professors Emeriti Daniel T. Longone, J. Lawrence Oncley, Charles G. Overberger, Peter A.S. Smith, Milton Tamres, Robert C. Taylor, Edgar F. Westrum, Jr.

The curricula in Chemistry serve those preparing for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, chemical engineering, pharmacy, and allied fields as well as those seeking a general knowledge of chemistry as part of a liberal arts education. Beyond the first-year courses, there is an emphasis on development of technical knowledge and laboratory experience needed in chemistry and related scientific fields. The undergraduate concentration programs prepare students for work in research and testing laboratories, as well as for business positions in which a chemistry background is desirable. Graduate work is necessary for those planning to do college and university teaching or industrial research.

Introductory Courses. The Chemistry Department has three types of courses available to students starting toward careers in any of the sciences, engineering or medicine. Students are placed into these courses according to the results of the tests in chemistry and mathematics that they take during orientation. Either Chemistry 130 or Chemistry 210/211 can be the starting point for students interested in the sciences, engineering or medicine. Chemistry 130 has a section reserved for students who would benefit from more frequent contact with faculty. Honors students, students with Advanced Placement in chemistry, and other students with good preparation in high school chemistry have the opportunity to start their study in chemistry with courses 210/211, which introduce the major concepts of chemistry in the context of organic chemistry. This curriculum allows students to progress more rapidly to advanced courses in chemistry and to be able to participate earlier in undergraduate research.

Concentration Program Options. The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to a (1) Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in chemistry (B.S. degree, 120 credits); (2) Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree (B.S. Chem. degree, 124 credits); (3) a B.S. degree with Honors in chemistry; and (4) a B.S. Chem. degree with Honors in chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.) degree requires a more rigorous and more specialized program of study. The program leading to Honors in chemistry is available to qualified students and, in most cases, is associated with a B.S. Chem. degree. It is possible to incorporate a teaching certificate into any of these program options. In addition there is a five year joint degree program with the College of Engineering which leads to a B.S. Chem. and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering). Information about the program leading to the joint degree with the College of Engineering and general information about teaching certificate requirements are described elsewhere in this Bulletin; departmental requirements for these programs are described below. It is strongly recommended that students who are thinking of degrees in chemistry stop by Room 1500 Chemistry to talk to a chemistry counselor as soon as possible, preferably before the end of the freshman year but certainly before the end of the sophomore year.

Prerequisites to Concentration for Either Program. Chemistry courses through 215 (or 226), 216 (or 227), and 302/312 (or 348); Physics 140/141 and 240/241; and Mathematics 115, 116, 215, 216, or an equivalent sequence are required for any concentration program in Chemistry. Physics 240 and Mathematics 215 are prerequisites for Chemistry 468 and students should, wherever possible, complete both of these before the junior year. The language requirement in Chemistry is satisfied by the College language requirement. A reading knowledge of German is recommended. Students must fulfill the area distribution requirement as described in Chapter II.

Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in chemistry (120 credits). Students who start in the new curriculum will complete the B.S. degree with a concentration in chemistry (120 credits) by taking Chemistry 340, 447, 468, 469, 480, and 485. Two credit hours of research (399) culminating in a written report may be substituted for the projects lab, 485. In addition, students will have to take an advanced chemistry lecture course from among those that will be available to them in different areas of chemistry or biochemistry.

Students who have already started toward this degree will complete their degree requirements by taking a comparable set of courses determined by discussion with a chemistry counselor.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.) (124 credits). The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem. degree) serves students who are interested in professional careers in chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields.

In the new curriculum, for the B.S. Chem degree (124 credits), Chemistry 340, 447, 468, 469, 480, and four credits of Chemistry 399 taken over at least two terms, as well as two advanced lecture courses in chemistry or biochemistry are required.

A comparable set of courses are required of students who have already started the degree. These courses are determined in discussion with a chemistry counselor.

Honors Concentration in Chemistry. The new B.S. Chem. degree is the basis of the Honors degree in Chemistry. Substitution of Chemistry 396 and 397 for 468 and 469, maintainance of a satisfactory GPA (3.3) in concentration courses including prerequisites, and satisfactory completion of an Honors thesis (Chemistry 499) based on the research done in Chemistry 399 are required for Honors. Most (but not all) students pursuing the Honors degree will have participated in the Freshman-Sophomore College Honors Program and will have completed Chemistry 210, 211, 215, 216 (or 196, 197, 226H/227H) in place of other concentration prerequisite courses. All students, whatever their program, who are interested in an Honors degree should see the Chemistry Honors Counselor (Room 1500 Chemistry) for approval for participation in the Junior-Senior Honors Program in Chemistry.

Advising and Counseling. Students develop a concentration plan in consultation with a program advisor. Those interested in a B.S. degree with a concentration in chemistry (120 credits) or the specialized program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (124 credits) are urged to consult a program advisor during the freshman and/or sophomore years. Prospective concentrators are advised that further study in chemistry requires adequate performance in early chemistry courses (preferably B— or better) as well as in the mathematics and physics prerequisites. Students interested in an Honors degree should see the Chemistry Honors advisor. Appointments are scheduled at the Chemistry Counseling Office (1500 Chemistry, 747-2858). Students interested in the joint program with the College of Engineering should make an appointment with Katharine McKibben in 1223 Angell Hall and then make an appointment to see a chemistry concentration advisor in 1500 Chemistry.

Teaching Certificate. Those seeking a B.S. or B.S. Chem. degree with a teaching certificate in Chemistry must fulfill departmental as well as School of Education requirements. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate with a major or minor in Chemistry should contact the School of Education Office of Academic Services.

Special Departmental Policies. The Department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C— in all chemistry courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A concentration program grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; this includes chemistry courses, mathematics and physics prerequisites and advanced electives which are part of a concentration plan. Students must request any change in a grade before the end of the next regular academic term.

Safety Regulations. No contact lenses will be allowed in any chemistry laboratory. In laboratory classes students must wear either prescription or safety glasses at all times.

Student Associations. Chemistry concentrators are eligible to become student affiliates of the American Chemical Society. An active chapter exists in the Chemistry Department and provides opportunities for a variety of activities related to chemistry. In addition, Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity maintains a chapter house near campus. Men and women concentrating in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other related fields are eligible for membership.

Phi Lambda Upsilon, an honorary chemical society, maintains a chapter at The University of Michigan. Its members have achieved academic excellence in chemistry, chemical engineering, or pharmacy.

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